If your vision of Miami involves Kelly-green palm trees, candy-colored art deco buildings, and a ton of tropi-bright fashion, food, boutiques, and restaurants… then you’re absolutely right! Coined the “Magic City” for having seemingly popped up overnight as a retreat for the rich and prominent, this Florida destination is a hotbed for creative inspiration and happy-inducing flair. Click through the slideshow to see for yourself and get some major travel inspo.
The Lifeguard Towers: After Hurricane Andrew tore through Miami in 1992, a local architect volunteered to reimagine the beach’s lifeguard stands in colors and shapes that reflect South Beach’s art deco history. (Photo via Getty)
The Beach Umbrellas (and the Art They Inspire): No one captures coastal wanderlust better than Gray Malin. His “Miami Pink Umbrellas” is one of the photographer’s most iconic images. (Photo via Gray Malin)
The Art Deco District: Miami has one of the largest concentrations of art deco buildings in the world. Though most of the structures are painted white, colorful Bauhaus influences started to work their way into the architecture in the ’40s and ’50s, helping to create the bright palette associated with the district today. (Photo via Getty)
The Hotels: Argentine hotelier Alan Faena tapped director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby) and his costume-designer wife Catherine Martin (recognized for the same films) to outfit Faena’s Miami Beach locale. The collaborative couple let the city’s opulent history inspire the hotel’s 169 whimsical guest rooms and communal spaces. (Photo via Faena)
More Pools: Even though the beach is right there, Miami’s pool game is strong. One pioneer is the 1950s stunner at The Raleigh, which still makes a splash with its dramatic shape. (Photo via The Raleigh)
The Boutiques: Luxury fashion house The Webster is just as cheery outside as it is inside, where Miami-chic gems from Sonia Rykiel, Thakoon, and Lanvin color the space. If you can’t make it to Florida soon, the owners just opened a second location in Houston. (Photo via The Webster)
The Icons: Back in the 1930s, adventurers followed a fisherman’s example in creating a network of 30-plus stilted overwater shacks, where locals would party on the weekend. Most of Stiltsville has been washed away by hurricanes and the natural passage of time, but you can see the last remaining seven on a sunset cruise hosted by HistoryMiami. (Photo via Getty)
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